Crossing transdisciplinary boundaries within energy research:an ‘on the ground’ perspective from early career researchers


This paper considers some of the potential consequences of social scientists adopting physical energy terms in their publications in order to appeal to and hopefully influence policy-makers. There are a number of elements to this debate, from the more practical consideration of how energy is discussed by different parties, to more political considerations around the standing, inclusion and power of the social sciences. We also focus on the key issue of communication, the essential ingredient for translating complex information into everyday use, as well as understanding the people at the centre of energy reduction and who, in our opinion, hold the key to change. This paper highlights the importance of journals such as ERSS in providing a ‘safe space’ for social scientists to publish research specific to their discipline and to promote wider discussion in a suitable language.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston STEM Education Centre
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license(
Uncontrolled Keywords: transdisciplinary,social science,early career researchers,energy research,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Nuclear Energy and Engineering,Fuel Technology,Social Sciences (miscellaneous),Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Publication ISSN: 2214-6296
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 13:25
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-04
Published Online Date: 2017-02-11
Accepted Date: 2017-01-30
Submitted Date: 2017-01-03
Authors: Mallaband, Becky (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3370-7486)
Staddon, Samantha
Wood, Georgina



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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